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Meet a remarkable 89 year old Blade

9 November 2015

The lifelong supporter from Sheffield, who refuses to let age stand in his way, has chosen to support his local cancer charity by taking on a tin collection round alongside an increasing list of existing charity obligations.


Graham Bell, who lives in Handsworth and was awarded an MBE a couple of years ago for his devoted support of local charities, has vowed to collect and distribute tins for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity to contribute to its support of cancer patients across the region.


Graham, whose charity efforts are being recognised by the club today (Sat) served in the Royal Navy as a youngster and proudly represented his country at D-Day in 1944, now dedicates his time to supporting causes across Sheffield and has recently achieved a life-long goal of obtaining a Degree in French from Sheffield Hallam University.


In a bid to help Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity support the increasing number of patients being treated at Weston Park Hospital, Graham has taken on a tin round which will ultimately help the charity raise its target of £1.8m during 2015.


Graham said, "My whole world revolves around helping others through difficult times. So many people are affected by cancer in our region and if I am able to make a difference at the old age of 89, I'm positive that we can all follow suit."


"Not only will my contribution to Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity mean that vital funds are collected in a timely manner but it also means that money can be put to good use within the hospital for the benefit of thousands of patients."


Graham, who has been married to wife, Mary for 64 years and credits keeping active and busy for his fruitful existence, will take on a tin collection around the areas of Handsworth and Darnall so that supporters in the region can easily donate to the cancer charity.


Weston Park Hospital is one of only a handful of specialist cancer hospitals in England and treats patients from all over South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and North Derbyshire - a population of almost 1.8million people. The Charity is the only dedicated charity for the hospital and exists to support the world-class cancer research and to improve the treatment and care for people living with cancer.


Charity Community Fundraiser, Lucy King said, "Graham is a true inspiration and he really goes to show that anyone can support the charity at any time in their life through different means."


"Tin collections are a vital source of income for the cancer charity which enable venues right across South Yorkshire and beyond to offer their support all year round."


"We're incredibly pleased that Graham has chosen to offer his time to us alongside his other voluntary commitments. He might be our eldest volunteer but we're confident that he will be a valuable asset to the charity as our work across Sheffield continues to increase."


Sheffield United Vice President Graham Moore said: "We are delighted that Graham is our guest today. He is a lifelong Sheffield United supporter who has helped so many in the communities across Sheffield. His fundraising efforts for the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity should be applauded by all Blades."


To follow in Graham Bell's fundraising footsteps and become a tin collection volunteer for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity visit: www.wphcc.org.uk/tins To find out more about the work of the cancer charity visit: www.wphcc.org.uk


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